Tour of Britain cycle race will return to Devon and Exeter in 2020

The Tour of Britain will return to Devon next year – with a stage finish set to take place in Exeter.

Some of the planet’s top cyclists will be pedalling through the county on Monday, September 7, 2020, it has been announced.

The second stage of the race will begin in new community Sherford, in the South Hams, and culminates in the city.

Details of the full route will be revealed in the spring.

Competitors will have crossed the border from Cornwall, which is hosting the event for the first time on September 6.

Devon County Council (DCC) and Tour organisers SweetSpot confirmed the news this week.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, cabinet member with responsibility for cycling, said: “We’re thrilled to be hosting another stage of the Tour.

“Crowds in Devon are among the most passionate and supportive in this race and I’m sure they’ll do us proud again in 2020.

“Devon made history as the first stage of The Tour of Britain to host a summit finish when the race celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013, and we were the first stage to race through a building when the 2018 stage went through South Molton Pannier Market.

“No doubt we’ll have another exciting stage in prospect next year.

“To give the riders and spectators two days in our region by racing through Devon as well as Cornwall has the potential for a big economic boost and it’s always a great opportunity to showcase Devon as a premier destination for cycling tourism.”

The 2020 Tour of Britain will be the 17th edition of the modern era of the race.

It will be the 11th time Devon has featured.

In that time, more than 1.7million people in the county have lined routes to watch and the event has generated more than £41million for the local economy.

Tour of Britain race director Mick Bennett said: “We are delighted to confirm the return of Devon to the Tour of Britain route in September 2020.

“The early announcement of our South West stages will contribute to making next year’s race bigger and better than ever before and allow fans from across the UK to begin planning their trip to the opening weekend of the race.”

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